The call for adapting to sustainable transportation is heard far and wide. People across sectors and communities are recognising the urgent need to address the environmental challenges associated with traditional modes of transportation. And, the powerful solution on the horizon is Electric Mobility, where we envision our roads with zero emission vehicles, revolutionising the way we move.
However, to see it really happening, we must address some of the important prerequisites that have a huge bearing on the adaptability of this technological disruption. While some of them are already being taken care of, like government subsidies on the purchase of EVs that usually cost high in comparison to combustible engines, there is still work to be done to create a seamless charging experience. For electric vehicles to be widely adopted, there needs to be an extensive network of charging stations that are conveniently accessible to EV owners. This infrastructure should include fast-charging options to minimize charging time and alleviate concerns about range anxiety. Without an adequate charging infrastructure, potential EV owners may hesitate to make the necessary switch for the fear of limited charging options and inconveniences during long journeys.
As the UK strives towards a swift transition to EVs to meet their net zero ambitions, one of the most important factors suggested to be an important catalyst in this process is the availability of an easy charging infrastructure. According to recent reports, the current number of chargers in the UK is approximately 40,000. While this is a positive development, it is evident that significant improvements are necessary to meet the ambitious targets set by the government regarding the phase-out of new sales of petrol/diesel cars and vans. Considering the current roll-out rate of charger installations, there would be just over 240,000 charge points in 2030. However, this figure falls short of what is required to adequately support the growing demand for EVs and facilitate the widespread adoption of clean transportation.
In a race to accelerate the provision of EV charge points in the UK, it is crucial to understand the methods of achieving it and The London EV Show is an excellent opportunity to gain this understanding. The event is an unparalleled gathering that unites the entire EV value chain including top manufacturers, suppliers, engineers, thought leaders, and decision-makers from around the world. As the UK's premier and largest international tradeshow and conference dedicated to the thriving EV industry, it showcases the pinnacle of innovation and excellence.
Among a plethora of invaluable insights pertaining to the industry, a remarkable opportunity presents itself to acquire profound knowledge regarding the most recent advancements in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Participants will get a chance to connect with key players in the industry aiming at enhancing the charging capacity of the country and beyond. Some of the important charging network providers who will exhibit at the show include Autel, AES Charge, EB Charging (Blink Charging), EON, Shenzhen EN+, Schneider Electric, Ekoenergetyka, Volker Smart Technologies, CITA EV, Verde Mobility, KEBA, Fuuse, Elinta Charge, Hellonext, Freewire Technologies, XCharge, Fastcharge, Gilbarco Veeder-root, Versinetic, EV Tower and many more. Moreover, a wide array of companies will also showcase their different components, software solutions designed and manufactured for a safe and secure EV charging infrastructure.
In order to charge ahead in the EV revolution, we need to power up the knowledge of doing it. There is a requirement of a comprehensive strategy that encourages private investment, collaboration with key stakeholders, and targeted governmental support for expediting the charging infrastructure network. Only with the accessibility of more charging points, the likelihood of a smooth transition to a greener and more sustainable transportation system is more.